I love eating salads. I would probably eat a salad every day, but sometimes it seems like such a hassle to get everything out and prepped for just one salad. I decided I am going to try a new method. Get everything out once, prep for multiple salads and then store things so they are easy to access for a salad anytime.
With all this salad on my brain, I started thinking about how I can get my kids to eat salad. They love vegetables, but don’t really love salad. These are the barriers I came up with:
- Not easy to eat. If the lettuce pieces are too big, or carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc are in too big of pieces they are less likely to want to eat it.
- Unfamiliar items on the salad. If they don’t really know what something is or haven’t had a lot of experience eating that particular food, then the salad goes untouched.
- Sometimes kids don’t like their food mixed. A salad is the epitome of mixed foods.
Here are my solutions and tips for getting your kids to not only eat salad, but love it!
Take it 1 step further and chop it up into ‘child’-size’ lettuce.
Raw carrots can be hard for little kids to chew, and also can be a choking hazard. Try shredding carrots for a softer texture and a much easier to chew carrot! I used the fine-grate on my grater, but I have also used my food processor for a little bit bigger shred.
What are some of your favorite salad toppings?
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie